York County Rail Trail Authority announced the start of construction on phase two of the Northern Extension of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The project includes completion of the trail section on Crist Memorial Fields in Manchester Township, construction of a bridge for pedestrians and bicyclist across the Codorus Creek, and ramp approaches on the east and west banks of the creek.
Following a competitive bidding process, Kinsley Construction of York, PA was awarded the construction contract, and work is scheduled to begin in early 2012. This $1.3 million project is funded through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Transportation; the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and Growing Greener Bond Fund of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and local contributions to the Rail Trail Authority’s TRAIL LINKS Capital Campaign. Engineering was done by the York firm of C.S.Davidson, Inc.
A public groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 5, 2011 at 3 PM on the trail at Crist Memorial Fields.